Clayton Ray Maust, 88, a resident of Harrisonburg, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Clayton was born February 27, 1930, in Bay Port, Michigan, son of the late Richard and Elizabeth (Gunden) Maust . On April 20, 1951, He married Berniece Albrecht, from Pigeon, who passed away January 7, 1987. Clayton and Berniece were active members of the Pigeon River Mennonite Church where they taught Sunday school and serve as a youth sponsors for many years. In his early years, Clayton owned Huron County Hatchery where he employed young men who caught chickens and remember him as kind and caring. He was later employed at Active Feed Company where he worked with his nephew loading cases of eggs into a semi. He remembers Clayton as a man who cared about others but more importantly, it was clear that Clayton loved God.
Clayton asked his son-in-law Larry to make a cross of lights to place at the center of his Kenworth truck grill. And it's the reason he used the CB handle, "Fisherman ". These served as conversation starters with strangers all along his route as he regularly hauled eggs to Buffalo New York. To him a stranger was just a friend he hadn't met yet.
Clayton began singing bass in quartet's as a young man. For 30 years he sang with the former Gospel Messengers Quartet.
He also sang with the Pigeon Men's Chorus.
On January 14, 1989, Clayton married Thelma Hershberger of Harrisonburg, Virginia, they lived in Pigeon until 1992, moving to Harrisonburg Virginia he began to thoroughly enjoy his retirement. He drove bus for Travel Mates tours to Washington DC and Jamestown, and enjoyed driving college and high school athletic teams to their games. He also drove truck for Steve Wingfield Ministries, Special Fleet, and Jaars Ministries.
Clayton & Thelma spent winters in Sarasota, Florida enjoying the warm weather, and being with family. They also enjoyed traveling overseas several times with choirs and relatives. Their greatest joy was spending time visiting their children, grandchildren, great-grand children and two great great grandchildren.